Fred Applin begins his third season as an assistant coach at Washington.
Applin, an associate head coach at Wake Forest for three seasons before arriving on Montlake, has an extensive coaching resume. A highly-regarded recruiter, Applin's career has also included assistant coaching stints at Texas, North Carolina and the University of Houston, as well as a tenure as head women's basketball coach at Hampton University from 1995-97.
Applin, UW's recruiting coordinator, also assists all areas of the program including scouting and player development.
Applin, a 1985 Elon graduate and native of Roseboro, N.C., was recognized by the Women's Basketball Journal as one of the nation's top assistant coaches in its annual coaching poll in 1998-99. During his six-year tenure at Texas (1998-2004), the Longhorns reached the NCAA Sweet 16 three straight years (2002-04) and advanced to the Final Four in 2003. The 2003 Longhorns also won both the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles, while the 2004 squad won the Big 12 regular season title.
In Applin's last two years at Texas, he helped sign three McDonald All-Americans in the first two years of the honor (Nina Norman, Tiffany Jackson and Kalee Carey) and four WBCA/Nike All-Americans (Norman, Jackson, Carey and Erneisha Bailey). Three of Applin's players at Texas went on to have WNBA careers including Jamie Carey (Connecticut Sun), Jackson (New York Liberty) and Edwina Brown (Houston Comets).
Applin was the head women's basketball coach at Hampton University from 1995-97, where he signed two Nike High School All-Americans (Danielle Dawson and Felecia Bryant) and his recruiting classes were ranked among the nation's top-30 by the Blue Star Report. While at Hampton, 13 of Applin's student-athletes attained Dean's list status, while his teams maintained the highest team grade-point average in school history.
Prior to his head coaching stint at Hampton, Applin spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Houston (1993-95) where he was responsible for bringing in a pair of top-25 recruiting classes. His first collegiate assistant coaching position was a five-year tenure at North Carolina (1988-93) where he served as the recruiting coordinator for the nationally-ranked Tar Heels. Applin signed All-American standouts Sylvia Crawley, Tonya Sampson and Charlotte Smith, as well as All-America two-sport star Marion Jones who went on to become a U.S. Olympic and World Championship sprint and long jump gold medalist. Crawley, Sampson and Smith all went on to play in the ABL (American Basketball League), with Smith and Crawley also playing in the WNBA. Applin was also a volunteer UNC men's basketball junior varsity coach (1987-88).
In addition to his collegiate coaching resume, Applin did some advance scouting for the Washington Mystics in the summer of 2008 and advance scouting for the Atlanta Dream in the summer of 2009. The Dream advanced to the 2009 WNBA Playoffs.
Off the court, Applin is a noted speaker and champion of community service. He has initiated numerous promotional and service endeavors surrounding his basketball programs. While an assistant at Texas, he was heavily involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Champions for Christ.
Applin is a member of both the Black Coaches Association and the Women's Basketball Coaches Assocation. He was recently selected to the 2007 BCA Achieving Coaching Excellence program for ethnic minority male and female basketball coaches. He was selected in the first class for male coaches.
Applin earned a bachelor's degree in recreation at Elon College where he was a two-sport athlete (football, track and field). He was a member of the NAIA National Championship football team, and a student coach and manager for the women's basketball team. Applin received his master's degree in therapeutic recreation from North Carolina Central University in 1989.
Applin was a commissioned officer in the North Carolina National Guard and completed his U.S. Army Quartermaster Officer School Training at Fort Lee (Virginia) in 1986.
Applin and his wife, Cora, have two daughters, Anaiah and Hillary, and a son, Michael.